Cubs owners do amazing about-face on Donald Trump

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Tom Ricketts is the chairman of the <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/mlb/teams/chc/" data-ylk="slk:Chicago Cubs">Chicago Cubs</a>. (Getty Images)
Tom Ricketts is the chairman of the Chicago Cubs. (Getty Images)

Even for the Chicago Cubs – who went from worst to first in two years – this is a stunning turnaround. Joe and Marlene Ricketts, the heads of the family that owns the Cubs and the parents of Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts, have gone from spending millions of dollars to thwart Donald Trump’s potential Republican nomination to spending millions of dollars to support Trump’s presidential bid.

The Ricketts – Joe is the founder of Ameritrade – contributed $6 million to an anti-Trump super PAC over the past year but have now pledged $1 million to Trump’s campaign, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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Their public opposition caused Trump to threaten on Twitter that he would reveal the Ricketts’ secrets if they were not careful. Tom responded that all his family was doing was standing up for what they believed in and supporting the causes they thought were important.

This seemingly sudden change of direction does make a bit more sense when considering the Ricketts’ other son, Pete, is the governor of Nebraska and endorsed Trump in May. Whatever it means, it’s best to have dealt with it before the postseason begins.

If the Ricketts family can go from trying to dump Trump to attempting to get him elected in a matter of months, maybe the Cubs really can win the World Series.

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Israel Fehr is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter.

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